Lightning Rod Roller Coaster Closed Due to Mechanical Recall
Less than a week after the Lightning Rod roller coaster opened at the Dollywood amusement park, officials were forced to close the ride due to a recall on one of the mechanical parts of the attraction.
According to The Tennessean, the Dollywood theme park was forced to post a notice on its website Saturday announcing the closure of the Lightning Rod roller coaster after a nationwide mechanical recall.
Roller coaster manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction issued a recall on a mechanical part and has ordered all parks operating ride impacted by the recall to shut them down until further notice.
The Lightning Rod roller coaster is the only ride at Dollywood affected by the recall.
“We aren't sure how long Lightning Rod will be closed for, but as soon as we receive the part we will expedite the process of replacing it to get up and running as soon as possible,” Dollywood PR director Peter Owens told The Tennessean.
When it opened to the public, the Lightning Rod roller coaster became the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster, reaching top speeds of more than 70 miles an hour. It opened to the public on June 13, and officials from the park expect to have the attraction running again soon.
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